“In the world you will have trouble, but take courage, I have conquered the world.” (John 16, 33)
“In the world you will have trouble” sounds so serious. There is no “probably,” “maybe,” “presumably” or “it’s very likely,” it says: “you will have trouble”. Fullstop. And it sounds like “the end of the world.” Wrong. It is just a wonderful occasion to trust Our Lord – “take courage” because “I have conquered the world.”
Sometimes my decisions, actions or just simple lack of imagination gets somebody else into trouble. Sometimes I am in trouble because of somebody else’s decisions, action or the lack imagination. Unfortunately, trouble is part of our life. The only way is to believe and “take courage,” because He “has conquered the world” and will take care of me and of the others who have suffered because of me.
With Him every trouble can bring beautiful fruit, all sufferings can result in peace, and conflicts – in a new quality of the relationship. It’s possible when we “take courage” to invite Him as the conqueror – as our Lord and Prince of Peace.
“The father of orphans and the defender of widows is God in his holy dwelling. God gives a home to the forsaken; he leads forth prisoners to prosperity.” (Ps 68, 6-7)
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